Parkgate welcome Harrogate Railway Athletic –one place and four points above the Steelmen- to Green Lane on Saturday for an important Toolstation NCEL Premier Division clash- but if it’s clichés you’re looking for ahead of the game, give Parkgate Manager Billy Fox a miss, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC website and the Bootiful Game.
Foxy added strikers Danny Joynes and Lee Whittington to the squad before last week’s trip to Handsworth, and it’s clear that he’s pulling every lever he can to turn recent much-improved performances into hard currency- points. He told us “We have added Danny and Lee this week to increase competition for places. As I have said before, it’s up to the player to get in to the 11 and stay there. It’s the first time we haven’t scored since I have been here (against Handsworth) but we are sure -by increasing the quality of the squad each week- that the goals will come. The players know that if we can get someone better for their position, we will; as we are aware that if they get a better club, they will leave”.
- “I am not particularly interested in being anyone’s friend”.
Foxy hasn’t let Rail’s recent improved form under new boss Marlon Adams pass him by, but in the overall context of Parkgate’s plight, he’s not overstating this one game.”They have seen an upturn in form since Marlon’s arrival” he told us.”But we are going to have to catch teams above them to get out of the mess we are in – so I’m not going to bang on about “six pointers”.
“As at Handsworth last week once we went behind we still tried to win by going three upfront, but it doesn’t always come off especially against the top sides. I am sure Harrogate will be confident. They should be -they are the favourites”.